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June 22-July 24 (Five Weeks, Grades 1-12)

List of 38 items.

  • 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 [This section is CANCELED]
    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.
  • American Sign Language, An Intro to, grades 6-12 and recent grads [NEW]

    Course: #553 Section 72
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 27-July 31, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Sanaz Whetter, Crossroads Summer Faculty


    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.
  • Astronomy and Space Science, grades 6-8

    Course: #642 Section 21
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course: #642 Section 25
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 23-July 9, 2020
    Fee: $200
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    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!

    School is closed Friday, July 3.  
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Character Drawing, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    Course: #735 Section 23
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $400
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course: #735 Section 27
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 23-July 9, 2020
    Fee: $250
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty

    Fascinated by the people and characters from stories or films? Learn to create a character using a variety of different mediums and illustration styles. Working from more realistic to more stylized, we will begin with practicing drawing from life, using ourselves as models, complete with costumes. Then we will paint from photographs exploring how to create tone and mood with our work. Finally we will work on creating anime and cartoon influenced characters, then place them at home in a world completely designed by you! The perfect class for students who are new to the practice, looking to hone their technical drawing skills, or the bourgeoning illustrator with a head full of creature and characters ready for the page, and everyone in between!
      
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Deep Sea, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    Course: #644 Section 31[This section has been CANCELED]
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course: #644 Section 35
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Faculty

    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.
      
    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.
  • 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. 



  • 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.
  • Good Morning Art Studio, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    Course: #741 Section 31[This section has been CANCELED]
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course: #741 Section 35 [This section has been CANCELED]
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course: #741 Section 21
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 22-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course: #741 Section 25
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 22-July 9, 2020
    Fee: $200
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty

    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. 
      
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • 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: Shea Welsh, 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: Shea Welsh, 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. 
      
     
  • Jazz Music Workshop, grades 6-12

    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.
     
    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.
     
    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.
     
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematical Marvels, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    Course: #599 Section 33 [This section has been CANCELED]
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Daniel Figueroa, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course: #599 Section 37
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Daniel Figueroa, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    How can you calculate your latitude from anywhere in the world and with no electrical device? How can you determine your bearing on a map? How did ancient cultures construct megaliths, such as the great temples in Chichen Itza, that were perfectly aligned with the cosmos? How can you determine the odds of winning a game and decide if it is fair? How do Newton’s Laws of motion help us better understand the physical universe? How can you estimate the population of a certain species within a given region?
     
    The answer to all of the above problems requires certain mathematical abilities. Within this course we will investigate these questions and more. The purpose of this applied math course is to enrich the mathematical understanding and abilities of the student through interactive investigations and discussion. In short this course will be a mathematical journey and adventure. Students will learn grade level to advanced math concepts and will apply them to solve real world problems from a variety of STEM fields. The course consists of several units, each with its own theme and culminating project.
     
     
  • 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
  • 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.
     
     
  • 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.
  • 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. Through the use of innovative virtual labs, students will 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: motion and kinematics, force, gravitation, circular motion, work and energy, momentum, and collisions. The class encourages students to think systematically about the world around them, emphasizing group participation in virtual labs, collaborative projects, problem solving, and online discussions. Prerequisite: completion of Biology, completion of a second science course.

    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.
  • Pre-Algebra, grade 6

    Course: #601 Section 32
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Cooper Bergdahl, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course: #601 Section 36
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Cooper Bergdahl, Crossroads Faculty

    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. 
      
    School is closed Friday, July 3.  
  • Pre-Algebra, grade 7

    Course: #605 Section 31
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Cooper Bergdahl, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course: #605 Section 35
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Cooper Bergdahl, Crossroads Faculty

    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.
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Pre-Algebra, grade 8

    Course: #603 Section 21
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Cooper Bergdahl, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course: #603 Section 25
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 23-July 9, 2020
    Fee: $200
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Cooper Bergdahl, Crossroads Faculty

    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.
      
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • 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 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.
  • Reading and Writing, "A Strange, Fantastic Journey", grade 8

    Course: #501 Section 22
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Sarah Eleid, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course: #501 Section 26
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 23-July 9, 2020
    Fee: $200
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Sarah Eleid, Crossroads Faculty

    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! 
      
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Reading and Writing, "Me, Myself, and I", grade 6

    Course: #500 Section 31
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Josh Adler, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course: #500 Section 35
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Josh Adler, Crossroads Faculty

    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 Lowry. 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. 
      
    School is closed Friday, July, 3.
  • Reading and Writing, “The Other”, grade 7

    Course: #505 Section 32
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $550
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Sarah Eleid, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course: #505 Section 32
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Sarah Eleid, Crossroads Faculty

    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. 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Responding to Emergencies Training, grades 6-12 [NEW][CANCELED]

    This course has been CANCELED. 

    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.
  • 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.
     
  • Speak Up and Leadership, grades 6-8

    Course: #548 Section 32
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 24, 2020
    Fee: $500
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty 
     
    Course: #548 Section 36
    Days: Mon/Wed/Fri
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 22-July 10, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty 

    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. 
      
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Telling Your Story, grades 6-8

    Course: #549 Section 22 [This section has been CANCELED]
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 23-July 23, 2020
    Fee: $350
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course: #549 Section 26
    Days: Tues/Thur
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Dates: June 23-July 9, 2020
    Fee: $200
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    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.
      
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • United States History, grade 11

    Course: #531 Section 50
    Days: MWF; 9:00am-12:30pm
              T/Th; 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: Sandra Brasda, Crossroads Summer Faculty
    Instructor: Elizabeth Bergman, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

Important Information

All Programs Events offered throughout the day are Opt-In times for your child to enjoy fun activities with their peers and the summer staff throughout the summer. We hope to see you there!
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.