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6-8 Programs

The Middle School programs offer students entering grades 6-8 a wide variety of courses.

Classes run five weeks, with many classes offering a three week option. See descriptions for details. Or check the by date section on this website.
 
Classes meet Monday-Friday or Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday and Thursday. Many classes are offered more than once. Students may select one class or several to create a full-day program or a flexible schedule. All middle school classes are offered as enrichment.  Grades, grade reports or transcripts are not issued for middle school students.

School is closed Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5.

Middle School programs and courses are held at our 21st Street Campus, with the exception of  basketball, swim team and volleyball. Students are transported by school bus to attend these classes. Pick up for these classes is at the Sport Center on the Norton Campus.
 

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Dance

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  • Cheer Camp, One-Week grades 6-12 [NEW]

    In this new one-week half-day program, students learn the basics of sports and the importance of school spirit. Participants learn cheer motions and how to develop sideline chants. They also learn jumps, kick and tricks to bring energy to a crowd. Band dances and short time out segments are taught and participants have the opportunity to use their creative minds to develop their own cheers and sideline dance routines.

    Instructor: Ashley Nitzel, Crossroads, Athletic Training Staff

    Course # 846
    Section 11: 6/17-6/21/2019 M-F 9:00-12:30 $350
  • Dance Intensive, One-Week, grades 2-6

    This dance intensive is a training and performance program that emphasizes the technical rigor of dance, while participating in the choreographic process. Throughout our training, rehearsal and performance experiences we stress creative values, rehearsal ethics and collaborative support among performers. 
     
    Dancers take class and learn choreography in Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary dance styles, with a visual art component. Each day begins and ends as a large group, engaging in community-based warm-ups, council and games. The week culminates in a performance on Friday.
     
    Sample Daily Schedule:
    8:30 Drop Off 
    9:00 Bus from Norton to 21st Street Campus
    9:10 Welcome & Warm-Up
    9:30-10:25 Jazz Dance
    10:25-10:40 Snack
    10:45-11:40 Acrobatics
    11:40-12:25 Lunch 
    12:30-12:45 Community Building 
    12:50-1:45 Art class
    1:50-2:45 Contemporary Dance
    2:50-3:00 Community Sharing 
    3:00-3:15 Bus from 21st Street to Norton Campus
    3:30 Pick Up 

    Drop-off and pick-up is at our Norton Campus. *After drop-off and before pick-up, students will be bussed to and from the 21st Street Campus.

    Extended Care is available at Norton from 8:00a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    The week culminates in a performance on Friday.
     
    Instructors: Chippy Wassung and Sophia Stoller, Crossroads Dance Faculty
     
    Course #: 310
    Section 46: 7/29-8/2/2019 M-F 9:00-3:30 $595
    Enrichment
  • Dancing in the Summer, grades 6-9 [NEW]

    Dancing in the Summer is a new class for middle school students. Dancers train in Contemporary and Jazz techniques, and take classes in Dance Composition. In addition, they explore the process of creating their own choreography. Throughout our training, rehearsal and performance experiences we stress creative values, rehearsal ethics and collaborative support among performers. 
     
    The program culminates in a showcase performance on the final day class and features the choreography learned and created over the course of the session.

    All levels welcome!

    Instructor: Chippy Wassung and Sophia Stoller, Crossroads Faculty

    Course #: 731
    Section 32: 6/24-7/26/2019 MWF 10:40-12:30 $550
    Section 36: 6/24-7/12/2019 MWF 10:40-12:30 $350
    Enrichment

    School is closed Friday, July 5.
  • Salsaerobics, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    Throw on some comfortable sneakers for this fun-filled workout session. We combine classic aerobics moves with sizzling salsa, merengue, bachata, cha-cha-cha, and Afro-Cuban steps for this high-energy class. Learn fun combinations, listen to the best tunes, get fit, and dance.
     
    Each week, we focus on a technique/skill plus a distinctive dance style:
    Week 1: Intro to Latin body movement + Merengue
    Week 2: Body Isolations + Bachata
    Week 3: Footwork + Salsa
    Week 4: Syncopation (timing) + Cha-Cha-Cha
    Week 5: Styling (flavor) + Afro-Cuban

    No dance experience necessary! Bring your water bottle and a great attitude, and let’s do some SALSAEROBICS!
     

    Instructor: Oksana Lutsenko, Crossroads Faculty

    Course #: 729
    Section 22: 6/25-7/25/3019 TTh 10:40-12:30 $350
    Section 26: 6/25-7/11/2019 TTh 10:40-12:30 $200

    School is closed Thursday, July 4.

Drama

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  • Costume and Make-Up for Theater, grades 6-12

    This course is an introduction to the basic design principals and aesthetics of costume design in a theatrical setting. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of both design and fashion and how they translate to stage, film, and theme parks. In the class we will develop designs that emerge through a process of character analysis, fashion eras, and script needs. Period research, design, and rendering skills are fostered through design exercises. No previous skill required, we will teach you what you need to know. Instruction in basic costume construction including sewing and draping, will taught throughout the summer. We will also explore make up design including stage makeup, prosthetics, and special effects. To get some practical experience, the class will be involved with the summer musical costumes/make up as a final project.
     
    Instructor: Nick Santiago, Crossroads Faculty    
     
    Course #: 706
    Section 22: 6/25–7/25/2019* TTh 10:40 – 12:30  $400
    Enrichment

    There is no school on Thursday, July 4.
     
    *students may choose to participate in the musical theater production performances on July 26 and July 27.
  • Visual Effects Through Cinema History, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    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,  Crosroads Faculty

    Course #: 511
    Section 31: 6/24-7/26/2019 MWF 8:30-10:15 $500
    Section 35: 6/24-7/12/2019 MWF 8:30-10:15 $350

    School is closed Friday, July 5.
  • Musical Theater Production, grades 6-12

    Our Summer 2019 Production is TBA.
     
    A theatrical performance and skill building experience, the class is open to student singers, dancers, actors, and comedians of all ages and levels of experience from novice to professional. An extremely challenging and rewarding process, this course incorporates practical hands-on performance experience, as well as training in acting, singing, dancing, stage-craft, set design, costume design, characterization, staging, and so much more! Students participating in this six-week program work daily learning scenes, songs, and choreography for the production. In addition, performers help design, construct, and decorate their own costumes and portable sets. 
     
    Auditions are not required for enrollment.  Students will audition for casting during the first week of class. 
     
    Students participate in performances on July 25, 26 and 27, 2019.  A detailed rehearsal and performance schedule will be distributed in early July.
     
    The program also includes an overnight trip to perform at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times in Idyllwild, CA. Travel dates are still to be determined.
     
    Enrollment is limited.  Enroll now to secure a space. 
     
    Instructor: Ronnie Anderson, Crossroads Faculty 
    Instructor: Fred Pinto, Crossroads Summer Faculty 
    Accompanist: TBA 
     
    Course #: 702 
    Section 53: 6/24-7/27/2019* M-F 1:00-5:00 $2100 
    1-semester arts-credit for students entering grades 9-12
    *Students participate in performances on July 25, 26 and 27, 2019. 
     
    School is closed Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5.
  • Technical Theater, grades 7-12

    This class is a great way to learn some of the many backstage techniques such as carpentry, scenic painting, stage lighting, and sound. In addition to class work, students will serve as the building and running crew for the three summer productions before and after class and during evenings and on some weekends. Students should be prepared to work hard and get messy!
     
    Instructor: Nick Santiago, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 704
    Section 32: 6/24-7/26/2019* MWF 10:40-12:30 $600
    1 semester of arts credit for students entering grades 9-12

    *Productions run through Saturday, July 27, 2019.

    School is closed Friday, July 5.

Languages

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Math

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  • 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: 6/24-7/26/2019 MWF 10:40-12:30 $550 
    Section 36: 6/24-7/12/2019 MWF 10:40-12:30 $350 
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5. 
  • 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: 6/24-7/26/2019 MWF 8:30-10:15 $550
    Section 35: 6/24-7/12/2019 MWF 8:30-10:15 $350
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5.
  • 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: 6/25-7/25/2019 TTh 8:30-10:15 $350
    Section 25: 6/25-7/11/2019 TTh 8:30-10:15 $200
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Thursday, July, 4.

Media & Technology

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  • Digital Filmmaking Workshop, grades 6-12

    The videos that you’ve always thought about making are possible to create! Join us in this class to experience every facet of the digital filmmaking process. Learn how to take your idea from concept, to developing your story, to writing out dialogue for your characters, to shooting and editing your own movie. Understand the process like never before, and have fun doing it! You can shoot with your own film camera or use our DSLR’s or mini camcorders. All levels of filmmakers from beginning to advanced are welcome, as this program is tailor-made to your abilities. 
     
    About the class: 
    Students use CELTX, a web-based screenwriting software as they learn how to tell their individual stories by developing characters and writing their own screenplays. Students also learn to edit and score their films using Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and iMovie editing software.  
     
    In addition, students watch and analyze films that demonstrate dynamic and creative filmmaking. They view award-winning films produced by both the big studios and the independent filmmaker and learn to critique them by having in-depth conversations about character and story. 
     
    Finally, industry professionals from all areas will visit to share their knowledge and experience with the students.  
     
    Components Include: 
     
    Production: concept to shooting, editing, viewing and discussion 
    Screenwriting: creating your story, and writing the script 
    Field trips: visiting major film studios and independent production studios like YouTube Space LA 
    Film Theory and Discussion: discuss your own films and popular clips from movies, television, and the web
     
    Sample Weekly Schedule  
    Monday: 1-2pm film theory. 2-4pm writing. 
    Tuesday: 1-2pm writing. 2-4pm film production.  
    Wed: 1-3pm. film production 3-4pm editing. (Or Field Trip) 
    Thursday: 1-2pm guest speaker 2-4pm editing. 
    Friday: 1-2pm watch weekly student projects. 2-4pm watch and analyze a Feature Film.  
     
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course #: 714 
    Section 05: 6/24-7/26/2019 M-F 1:00-4:00 $1600  
    Section 02: 6/24-7/3/2019 M-F 1:00-4:00 $800 
    Section 03: 7/8-7/26/2019 M-F 1:00-4:00 $1000 
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5. 
  • DJ Workshop, grades 6-8 and 9-12 [NEW]

    Learn the fundamentals of DJing along with its history, culture, and theory in this 5-day class. Students format and organize their music library and create playlists in preparation for mixing using Pioneer’s CDJs and Rekordbox software, the industry standard. Students learn the origins of DJing and the genres/sub-genres of dance music, with each student researching and presenting one for the class. We also cover basic music theory and beatmatching, utilizing their math and critical thinking skills. Students develop their performance skills as they compile and practice mixing a DJ set, culminating in a final “show” performed for their classmates and recorded. Students work at their own pace and all levels of experience in music are welcome.

    Students must bring their own headphones (wired, no bluetooth), laptop preferred.

    Instructor: Bianca Bracho-Perez '02, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    Course #: 789

    Section 11: 6/17-6/21/2019 M-F 9:00 - 12:00 $350; grades 6-8
    Section 12: 6/17-6/21/2019 M-F 12:30 - 3:30 $350; grades 9-12 
    Section 41: 7/29-8/2/2019  M-F 9:00 - 12:00 $350; grades 6-8
    Section 42: 7/29-8/2/2019 M-F 12:30 - 3:30 $350; grades 9-12 
  • Make a Movie: Guerrilla Filmmaking, One-Week, grades 7-12

    Come partake and celebrate filmmaking in this exciting, one-week Summer School video production class at Crossroads. Students, in five days, will learn how to write a screenplay using CELTX, a web-based professional screenwriting software, film a movie with digital film cameras and learn how to edit using iMovie or Final Cut editing software. In this fun and fast paced class, students will "draw" key cinematic elements, like a specific prop, a line of dialogue or the genre for their film, from "a hat." These elements must be a part of their film as they create and then screen their films at the end of the week. Learn film from the get-go, in this hands-on approach to digital gorilla filmmaking. Cinematic technique will be discussed on the first day and then the students will immediately be plunged into the world of creative movie making. An industry professional will watch and critique the films with the students to help provide insight and offer valuable insider information. 
     
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course #: 790 
    Section 12: 6/17-6/21/2019 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350
    Enrichment
  • Music Production, grades 6-12

    The objective of this class is to teach students how to write and record their own music.  The class starts by showing students basic DAW principles, while exploring a list of terms and concepts that are essential to music production.
     
    Through hands on experience and lectures, students learn the principles of midi, acoustics, transducers, microphone techniques, digital recording, music production software (Pro Tools, Logic, Garage Band) and sound editing. These concepts are reinforced with regular projects wherein students write and record their own pieces based on parameters that reflect the topics being covered. To culminate, the class will visit a local professional recording studio to record an original piece as a group. This course encourages students to progress at their own pace. All levels of experience in music are welcome.
     
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 723
    Section 32: 6/24-7/26/2019 MWF 10:40-12:30 $600
    Enrichment

    School is closed Friday, July 5.
  • Sound Engineering Fundamentals, grades 6-12

    The objective of this class is to teach students the principles of sound recording and live sound reinforcement. In this class, students learn about acoustics, transducers, microphone techniques, cables and connectors, amplification, digital recording, music production software (Pro Tools, Garage Band, Logic), sound editing, equalization, dynamics processors, effects, mixing boards, mixing and mastering. Students are asked to record a new project every week to reinforce the topics covered. At the end of the program, the class will go to a local professional recording studio to record an original piece as a group. We welcome newcomers and experienced musicians. All students are supported to learn at their own pace. 
     
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course #: 720 
    Section 22: 6/25-7/25/2019 TTh 10:40-12:30 $450
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Thursday, July 4.

Music

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  • Guitar, Rock and Blues, grades 6-12

    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. 
     
    Instructor: Jory Schulman, Crossroads Summer Faculty 
     
    Course #: 721
     
    Section 22: 6/25-7/25/2019 TTh 10:40-12:30 $400 
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Thursday, July 4.
  • Songwriting, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    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: 6/24-7/26/2019 MWF 1:00-3:00 $550
    Section 37: 6/24-7/12/2019 MWF 1:00-3:00 $350
    Enrichment

    School is closed Friday, July 5.
  • Jazz Music Workshop, grades 6-12

    This is our nineteenth year of the Crossroads Jazz Workshop and it is bigger and better than ever! Our experienced jazz instructors have developed a five-week program designed to enhance the young musician’s knowledge and skills in the area of jazz music.  
     
    This program covers everything that jazz students need to learn including improvisation, style blending in an ensemble, sight-reading, ear-training, jazz theory, and jazz history. Students play in jazz combos and have instrument-specific sectionals. 
     
    The ensembles perform at Third Street Promenade, at Disneyland's California Adventure and on campus at Crossroads. In addition, professional jazz artists are invited to hold master classes for our students. Previous clinicians have included Marcus Miller, Danny Gottlieb, Jeff Berlin, Peter Erskine, Tom Ranier, and Abe Laborial.  
     
    While the full-five-week program is recommended, we understand the summertime can be a busy time for a young musician. Three- and Two-Week options are now available. See below for Dates and pricing. 
     
    Jazz is alive and well at Crossroads, so come and be a part of it! 
     
    Students should have at least one full year of playing experience on their given instrument and should have basic technical performance skills. No audition is necessary. 
     
    Call Evan Avery at 310-582-4505 for specific questions regarding your child’s placement. 
     
    Sample Week 
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 
    1:00-1:15 warm-up and tune up 
    1:15-2:15 rehearsal 
    2:15-3:00 improvisation/theory workshop, Friday- sight-reading 
    3:00-3:30 hang out with musicians 
    3:30-4:00 recording analysis/video footage 
    4:00-5:00 rehearsal 
     
    Tuesday, Thursday 
    1:00-1:15 warm-up and tune up 
    1:15-2:15 rehearsal 
    2:15-3:00 wind/rhythm section workshops 
    3:00-3:30 hang out with musicians 
    3:30-4:00 Tuesday- video footage, Thursday- Artist Showcase 
    4:00-5:00 rehearsal 
     
    Coordinator: Evan Avery, Crossroads Faculty 
    Instructor(s): Crossroads Music Faculty and other professional musicians from the Los Angeles area. 
     
    Course #: 725 
    Section 05: 6/24-7/26/2019* M-F 1:00-5:00 $2100
    Five-weeks includes both performance trips.
    *1-semester of art credit for students entering grades 9-12

    Section 02: 6/24-7/3/2019 M-F    1:00-5:00 $900
    Two-weeks includes the 3rd Street Promenade performance.

    Section 03: 7/8 -7/26/2019 M-F   1:00-5:00 $1500
    Three-weeks includes Disneyland's California Adventure performance.
     
    School is closed Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5.
  • Music Production, grades 6-12

    The objective of this class is to teach students how to write and record their own music.  The class starts by showing students basic DAW principles, while exploring a list of terms and concepts that are essential to music production.
     
    Through hands on experience and lectures, students learn the principles of midi, acoustics, transducers, microphone techniques, digital recording, music production software (Pro Tools, Logic, Garage Band) and sound editing. These concepts are reinforced with regular projects wherein students write and record their own pieces based on parameters that reflect the topics being covered. To culminate, the class will visit a local professional recording studio to record an original piece as a group. This course encourages students to progress at their own pace. All levels of experience in music are welcome.
     
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 723
    Section 32: 6/24-7/26/2019 MWF 10:40-12:30 $600
    Enrichment

    School is closed Friday, July 5.
  • Sound Engineering Fundamentals, grades 6-12

    The objective of this class is to teach students the principles of sound recording and live sound reinforcement. In this class, students learn about acoustics, transducers, microphone techniques, cables and connectors, amplification, digital recording, music production software (Pro Tools, Garage Band, Logic), sound editing, equalization, dynamics processors, effects, mixing boards, mixing and mastering. Students are asked to record a new project every week to reinforce the topics covered. At the end of the program, the class will go to a local professional recording studio to record an original piece as a group. We welcome newcomers and experienced musicians. All students are supported to learn at their own pace. 
     
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course #: 720 
    Section 22: 6/25-7/25/2019 TTh 10:40-12:30 $450
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Thursday, July 4.
  • Ukulele, grades 6-12

    Learn to play the ukulele in this easy and fun course! We will cover chords, strum patterns, single notes and learn popular songs! Instruments are provided. 
     
    Instructor: Jory Schulman, Crossroads Summer Faculty 
     
    Course #: 726 

    Section 21: 6/25-7/25/2019 TTh 8:30-10:15 $400 
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Thursday, July 4.
  • 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: 6/25-7/25/2019 TTh 8:30-10:15 $350 
    Section 25: 6/25-7/11/2019 TTh 8:30-10:15 $200 
    Enrichment 

    There is no class on Thursday, July 4.

One Week Camps

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  • Aquatics Fun Camps, One-Week, grades 2-7

    Kids are provided the opportunity to learn and enhance their aquatics skills and fitness through a variety pool and dryland activities including swimming for fitness, stroke/swim race development, modified water polo, synchronized swimming and other pool games. Swimmers participate in pool practice and out of water activities. Swimmers are tested and grouped according to their skill level.
     
    Program participants, minimally, should be able to float on their back and stomach, go underwater comfortably and hold their breath for at least 10 seconds, and swim freestyle 25 yards and backstroke 10-15 yards.
     
    Water Activities Include:
    Swimming Skills
    Swim technique
    Stroke refinement
    Drills
    Sculling (for the more advanced)
    Treading water
    Flip turns (for the more advanced)
    Start/racing dives (for the more advanced)
     
    Introduction to Water Polo Includes:
    Basic ball handling
    Passing
    Shooting
    Individual defensive skills
    Splash Ball games
     
    Pool Games & Competitions
     
    Dry Land Activities Include:
    Stretching
    Workouts
    Viewing swim meet and competition recordings
    Nutrition
    Games
     
    Coordinator: Larry Zubrin, Crossroads Aquatics
     
    Course #: 326

    Section 16: 6/17-6/21/2019 M-F 9:00-3:30 $650
    Section 46: 7/29-8/2/2019 M-F 9:00-3:30 $650
    Section 56: 8/5-8/9/2019 M-F 9:00-3:30 $650
  • Cheer Camp, One-Week grades 6-12 [NEW]

    In this new one-week half-day program, students learn the basics of sports and the importance of school spirit. Participants learn cheer motions and how to develop sideline chants. They also learn jumps, kick and tricks to bring energy to a crowd. Band dances and short time out segments are taught and participants have the opportunity to use their creative minds to develop their own cheers and sideline dance routines.

    Instructor: Ashley Nitzel, Crossroads, Athletic Training Staff

    Course # 846
    Section 11: 6/17-6/21/2019 M-F 9:00-12:30 $350
  • Basketball Camps, One-Week, grades 3-8

    Crossroads Basketball Camp is aimed at teaching kids about the game of basketball! Campers are grouped according to their ability level. They learn rules and regulations as well as tips and techniques to play the game more competitively and effectively. Our focus is on footwork, aggressiveness, mentality, and all around offensive skills including ball handling and shooting. Our nurturing environment provides an avenue for kids to really feel eager to learn and focus on the instruction which helps them excel and be successful both on and off the court. This program is held at our Norton Campus and Gym.
     
    This program is led by Anthony Davis, Crossroads Head Coach, Boys Varsity Basketball and the Coaching Staff.
     
    Course #: 315
    Section 16: 6/17-6/21/2019 M-F 9:00-3:30 $595
    Section 46: 7/29-8/2/2019 M-F 9:00-3:30 $595
  • Ceramics Sculpture Intensive, One-Week, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    While we use ceramics everyday to drink out of, munch off of, and cook with; this material offers even wider and wilder options as a sculptural material. Learn the basics of slab building to create geometric hollow objects. Discuss the difference of additive and subtractive techniques to approach sculpture from multiple directions. Finally we will consider the role of figurative sculpture in ceramics, and how it differs and converges with larger conversations of historic and contemporary sculpture. Our goal is to finish three pieces using different building techniques. This class is suitable for any student excited by art, and ready to roll up their sleeves and dive into and explore new techniques.

    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty

    Course #794
    Section 11: 6/17-6/21/2019 M-F 9:00-12:00 $400
    Section 12: 6/17-6/21/2019 M-F 12:30-3:30 $400
  • Cooking Camps with The Gourmandise School, One-Week, grades 6-9

    Crossroads is excited to partner again with the Gourmandise Cooking School.  The Gourmandise School offers hands-on cooking classes Santa Monica. These week-long camps will focus on teaching classic techniques and to teach students how to create whole meals from of locally sourced and sustainable ingredients.
    Each section of the one-week camp is limited to 16 students.  The menu for the a.m. section and the p.m. section is the same.  Students are only permitted to enroll in one section of this camps.

    Sample menus Include:
    THE TACO TRUCK – homemade tortillas, carne asada, pico de gallo, crema
    THAI STREET FOOD – mango sticky rice, chicken satay, Thai cucumber relish
    MEDITERRANEAN CLASSICS – falafel, pita bread, tahini sauce, hummus
    ITALIAN! – Fresh pasta, house made ricotta, pesto
    JAPANESE – Perfect sushi rice, California rolls, salmon rolls
     
    Instructor: Provided by Gourmandise School and Crossroads Staff

    Course #: 771
    Section 11: 6/17–6/21/2019  M-F 9:00–12:00 $400
    Section 12: 6/17–6/21/2019  M-F 12:30-3:30  $400
    Enrichment

    The shared kitchen space used to teach this class might have contact with ingredients which contain the most common food allergens. They include, but are not limited to eggs, gluten, fish, sesame seeds, nuts, and soy. If your child has any known allergies or intolerances, please be aware that although efforts to ensure proper food and beverage handling, there is always a risk of cross contamination. Food items used to make meals may have been processed where nuts were present.
  • Dance Intensive, One-Week, grades 2-6

    This dance intensive is a training and performance program that emphasizes the technical rigor of dance, while participating in the choreographic process. Throughout our training, rehearsal and performance experiences we stress creative values, rehearsal ethics and collaborative support among performers. 
     
    Dancers take class and learn choreography in Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary dance styles, with a visual art component. Each day begins and ends as a large group, engaging in community-based warm-ups, council and games. The week culminates in a performance on Friday.
     
    Sample Daily Schedule:
    8:30 Drop Off 
    9:00 Bus from Norton to 21st Street Campus
    9:10 Welcome & Warm-Up
    9:30-10:25 Jazz Dance
    10:25-10:40 Snack
    10:45-11:40 Acrobatics
    11:40-12:25 Lunch 
    12:30-12:45 Community Building 
    12:50-1:45 Art class
    1:50-2:45 Contemporary Dance
    2:50-3:00 Community Sharing 
    3:00-3:15 Bus from 21st Street to Norton Campus
    3:30 Pick Up 

    Drop-off and pick-up is at our Norton Campus. *After drop-off and before pick-up, students will be bussed to and from the 21st Street Campus.

    Extended Care is available at Norton from 8:00a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    The week culminates in a performance on Friday.
     
    Instructors: Chippy Wassung and Sophia Stoller, Crossroads Dance Faculty
     
    Course #: 310
    Section 46: 7/29-8/2/2019 M-F 9:00-3:30 $595
    Enrichment
  • DJ Workshop, grades 6-8 and 9-12 [NEW]

    Learn the fundamentals of DJing along with its history, culture, and theory in this 5-day class. Students format and organize their music library and create playlists in preparation for mixing using Pioneer’s CDJs and Rekordbox software, the industry standard. Students learn the origins of DJing and the genres/sub-genres of dance music, with each student researching and presenting one for the class. We also cover basic music theory and beatmatching, utilizing their math and critical thinking skills. Students develop their performance skills as they compile and practice mixing a DJ set, culminating in a final “show” performed for their classmates and recorded. Students work at their own pace and all levels of experience in music are welcome.

    Students must bring their own headphones (wired, no bluetooth), laptop preferred.

    Instructor: Bianca Bracho-Perez '02, Crossroads Summer Faculty

    Course #: 789

    Section 11: 6/17-6/21/2019 M-F 9:00 - 12:00 $350; grades 6-8
    Section 12: 6/17-6/21/2019 M-F 12:30 - 3:30 $350; grades 9-12 
    Section 41: 7/29-8/2/2019  M-F 9:00 - 12:00 $350; grades 6-8
    Section 42: 7/29-8/2/2019 M-F 12:30 - 3:30 $350; grades 9-12 
  • Drawing Intensive, One-Week, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    Drawing is a way of showing and developing visual thinking, and is the most direct means of expression in art. In this 5-day intensive class we will focus on the Western observational tradition of drawing as well as explore approaches from other world cultures, past and present. It is a studio class in which each day we will delve into different methods of drawing and different media. Students will also spend time looking at their own, and each other’s work in a critical, but nurturing manner; with the goal to create a confident vocabulary for evaluating their creations.

    All skill levels are welcome. Come excited to learn, experiment, share, and to see!

    Day 1: Pencil. Line drawing. Portraiture

    Day 2: Charcoal. Tonal work with still-lifes

    Day 3: Ink and white paint- a painterly approach to drawing. Still-life and landscape

    Day 4 :Collage and experimental tools. Discussion of conceptual work, art from non-Western traditions, personal expression.

    Day 5: Final Project: artist’s choice of materials and subject matter. Larger scale work.
    Final Critique

    Instructor: Susan Arena, Crossroads Faculty

    Course #: 793
    Section 11: 6/17-6/21-2019 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350
    Section 12: 6/17-6/21-2019 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350
    Enrichment
  • Fun with Ashley and Friends, One-Week, grades 1-6

    Join the Hang Out crew for a fun filled full-day program in Fun with Ashley!  We will be participating in various themed activities such as arts and crafts, cooking, sports and games, and dress up days. 
     
    Coordinator: Ashley Nissim, Crossroads ES Afterschool Coordinator
     
    Course #: 325
    Section 46: 7/29-8/2/2019   M-F 9:00am-3:30pm $495
    "Time Traveling"

    Section 56: 8/5-8/9/2019   M-F 9:00am-3:30pm $495
    "Space Adventures"
       
    Space is very limited. Enroll early.

    Extended Care is available at Norton from 8:00a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Make a Movie: Guerrilla Filmmaking, One-Week, grades 7-12

    Come partake and celebrate filmmaking in this exciting, one-week Summer School video production class at Crossroads. Students, in five days, will learn how to write a screenplay using CELTX, a web-based professional screenwriting software, film a movie with digital film cameras and learn how to edit using iMovie or Final Cut editing software. In this fun and fast paced class, students will "draw" key cinematic elements, like a specific prop, a line of dialogue or the genre for their film, from "a hat." These elements must be a part of their film as they create and then screen their films at the end of the week. Learn film from the get-go, in this hands-on approach to digital gorilla filmmaking. Cinematic technique will be discussed on the first day and then the students will immediately be plunged into the world of creative movie making. An industry professional will watch and critique the films with the students to help provide insight and offer valuable insider information. 
     
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course #: 790 
    Section 12: 6/17-6/21/2019 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350
    Enrichment
  • Water Polo, An Intro to, One-Week, grades 2-7 [NEW]

    This one week half-day program is designed to teach the basic skills and fundamentals of Water Polo in a fun and entertaining atmosphere. Activities include instruction and training in the basic individual fundamentals of water polo as well as position and situational (IE: Offense/Defense) specific training. Additionally studnets participate in fun filled water polo related games.

    Participants are divided into two groups:
    Blue Group: Kids aged 8-10
    Red Group: Kids aged 11-13

    All Participants must be able to swim one pool length (25 yards) front crawl w/ flutter kick, and tread water for 60 seconds.

    Daily Schedule:
    9:00am-9:20am: Drop Off
    9:20am-9:30am: Suit-up/Warm-up
    9:30am-10:30am: Individual Skill training

    Drills focus on: Swimming for water polo, ball handling skills (pass, catch, shoot), Offensive and Defensive positioning, and Position specific training. (Goalie, Defender, Center, Attacker)

    10:30am-11:00am: Snack Break
    11:00am-12:00pm Water Polo Related Games

    Games range from entry level skill games such as 5-Alive and Keep Away, to half-court and full-court scrimmages.

    12:00pm-12:15pm: Pick-up

    Partcipants should attend each session with their own bathing suit and towel. (Girls should wear a one-piece suit.) Goggles are recommended but not required. Campers should bring their own snack. (Please review Crossroads Summer School food policy.)

    Instructor: Larry Zubrin, Crossroads, Aquatics Manager and Aquatics Staff

    Course #: 370
    Section 61: 8/12-8/16/2019 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350
    *There is no extended care available for this week of program.

Reading, Writing, Skills & More

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  • 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: Michelle Bitting, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 500
    Section 31: 6/24-7/26/2019 MWF 8:30-10:15 $550
    Section 35: 6/24-7/12/2019 MWF 8:30-10:15 $350
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July, 5.
  • 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: 6/24-7/26/2019 MWF 10:40-12:30 $500
    Section 36: 6/24-7/12/2019 MWF 10:40-12:30 $350
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 5.
  • 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: 6/25-7/25/2019 TTh 10:40-12:30 $350
    Section 26: 6/25-7/11/2019 TTh 10:40-12:30 $200
    Enrichment

    School is closed Thursday, July 4.
  • 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: Michelle Bitting, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 505 
    Section 32: 6/24-7/25/2019 MWF 10:40-12:30 $550 
    Section 36: 6/24-7/12/2019 MWF 10:40-12:30 $350 
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5. 
  • 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: Michelle Bitting, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #:501 
    Section 22: 6/25-7/25/2019 TTh 10:40-12:30 $350 
    Section 26: 6/25-7/11/2019 TTh 10:40-12:30 $200
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Thursday, July 4.
  • 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: 6/25-7/25/2019 TTh 10:40-12:30 $350
    Section 26: 6/25-7/11/2019 TTh 10:40-12:30 $200
    Enrichment

    School is closed Friday, July 5.

Science

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  • Arduino Programming, grades 6-8

    Are you curious about learning to program and have the skills to make your own projects? Do you want to build your own automated gadgets? Maybe even a robot? Get a head start by learning how to build simple circuits with an Arduino Uno compatible board. Resistors, LEDs, and sensors will be part of your daily lingo in this class. This is an introductory class for those with no or little experience with building circuits and programming. The hands-on project-based approach will give you the confidence to take your skills to the next level.  
     
    Instructor: tba
     
    Course #: 673 
    Section 21: 6/25-7/25/2019 TTh 8:30 - 10:15 am $450 
    Enrichment

    School is closed Thursday, July 4.
  • Astronomy and Space Science, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    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: tba
     
    Course #642 
    Section 21: 6/25-7/25/2019 TTh  8:30-10:15 $350
    Section 25: 6/25-7/11/2019 TTh  8:30-10:15 $200
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Thursday, July 4. 
  • Biology: Here, There and Everywhere, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    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: tba
     
    Course 641 
    Section 22: 6/25-7/25/2019 TTh 10:40-12:30 $350
    Section 26: 6/25-7/11/2019 TTh 10:40-12:30 $200
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Thursday, July 4.
  • 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: 6/24-7/26/2019 MWF 1:00-3:00 $550
    Section 37: 6/24-7/12/2019 MWF 1:00-3:00 $350
    Enrichment

    School is closed Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5
  • 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: 6/24-7/26/2019 MWF 1:00-3:00* $650
    Section 37: 6/24-7/12/2019 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 5.
  • 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: 6/25-7/25/2019 TTh 1:00-3:00 $400
    Section 27: 6/25-7/11/2019 TTh 1:00-3:00 $250
    Enrichment

    School is closed Thursday, July 4.

Sports & Physical Activities

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  • Basketball Camps, One-Week, grades 3-8

    Crossroads Basketball Camp is aimed at teaching kids about the game of basketball! Campers are grouped according to their ability level. They learn rules and regulations as well as tips and techniques to play the game more competitively and effectively. Our focus is on footwork, aggressiveness, mentality, and all around offensive skills including ball handling and shooting. Our nurturing environment provides an avenue for kids to really feel eager to learn and focus on the instruction which helps them excel and be successful both on and off the court. This program is held at our Norton Campus and Gym.
     
    This program is led by Anthony Davis, Crossroads Head Coach, Boys Varsity Basketball and the Coaching Staff.
     
    Course #: 315
    Section 16: 6/17-6/21/2019 M-F 9:00-3:30 $595
    Section 46: 7/29-8/2/2019 M-F 9:00-3:30 $595
  • Cheer Camp, One-Week grades 6-12 [NEW]

    In this new one-week half-day program, students learn the basics of sports and the importance of school spirit. Participants learn cheer motions and how to develop sideline chants. They also learn jumps, kick and tricks to bring energy to a crowd. Band dances and short time out segments are taught and participants have the opportunity to use their creative minds to develop their own cheers and sideline dance routines.

    Instructor: Ashley Nitzel, Crossroads, Athletic Training Staff

    Course # 846
    Section 11: 6/17-6/21/2019 M-F 9:00-12:30 $350
  • Fit and Flow, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    During the course of this class participants relearn proper biomechanics of everyday motion that pave the path to injury free movement and lifestyle. They are taught basic anatomy and proper techniques of how to use their core functionally, proper positioning of the pelvis and develop correct movement patterns. Participants are also taught proper stretching and mobility techniques through active recovery and basic yoga flow.

    Instructor: Ashley Nitzel, Crossroads, Athletic Trainer

    Course # 845
    Section 33: 6/24-7/26/2019 MWF 1:00-3:00 $550
    Section 37: 6/24-7/12/2019 MWF 1:00-3:00 $350

    School is closed Friday, July 5.
  • 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: Anthony Davis, Crossroads, Head Coach, Boys Varsity Basketball and Staff
     
    Course #: 821 
    Section 24: 6/25-7/26/2019 TTh 3:15-5:00 $350
    Section 28: 6/25-7/11/2019 TTh 3:15-5:00 $200
    Enrichment 

    School is closed Thursday, July 4.
  • 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: Cam Hart, Crossroads, Head Coach, Varsity Baseball
     
    Course #: 824
    Section 23: 6/25-7/25/2019 TTh 1:00-3:00 $500
    Section 27: 6/25-7/11/2019 TTh 1:00-3:00 $300
    Enrichment
     

    School is closed Thursday, July 4.
  • Surfing, grades 7-12*

    Fourteen sessions on the water teach surfing fundamentals, including water safety, wave dynamics, paddle strokes, catching waves, standing up, falling off the board, turning and board controls, surfing etiquette, history, and culture.
     
    Equipment is provided. 
     
    Beginner to intermediate abilities welcome for students who are good swimmers and comfortable in the water. A swim test at the first meeting is required (100-yard pool swim, completed in 2 minutes or less). 
     
    Drop-off and pick up is at Crossroads - 21st Street Campus. Students will be bused to and from the beach. 
     
    Instructor: Ian Culbertson, Crossroads Summer Faculty 
     
    Course #: 863 
    Section 30: 6/24-7/26/2019 MWF 8:30-12:30 $1200 
    1-semester PE-2 credit for students entering grades 9-12
    *priority enrollment for grades 9-12
     
    School is closed Friday, July 5. 
     
    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.
     
  • 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: tba
     
    Course #: 825
    Section 34: 6/24-7/26/2019 MWF 3:15-5:00 $500
    Section 38: 6/24-7/12/2019 MWF 3:15-5:00 $350
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 5.

Swim Camps

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  • Aquatics Fun Camps, One-Week, grades 2-7

    Kids are provided the opportunity to learn and enhance their aquatics skills and fitness through a variety pool and dryland activities including swimming for fitness, stroke/swim race development, modified water polo, synchronized swimming and other pool games. Swimmers participate in pool practice and out of water activities. Swimmers are tested and grouped according to their skill level.
     
    Program participants, minimally, should be able to float on their back and stomach, go underwater comfortably and hold their breath for at least 10 seconds, and swim freestyle 25 yards and backstroke 10-15 yards.
     
    Water Activities Include:
    Swimming Skills
    Swim technique
    Stroke refinement
    Drills
    Sculling (for the more advanced)
    Treading water
    Flip turns (for the more advanced)
    Start/racing dives (for the more advanced)
     
    Introduction to Water Polo Includes:
    Basic ball handling
    Passing
    Shooting
    Individual defensive skills
    Splash Ball games
     
    Pool Games & Competitions
     
    Dry Land Activities Include:
    Stretching
    Workouts
    Viewing swim meet and competition recordings
    Nutrition
    Games
     
    Coordinator: Larry Zubrin, Crossroads Aquatics
     
    Course #: 326

    Section 16: 6/17-6/21/2019 M-F 9:00-3:30 $650
    Section 46: 7/29-8/2/2019 M-F 9:00-3:30 $650
    Section 56: 8/5-8/9/2019 M-F 9:00-3:30 $650
  • Water Polo, An Intro to, One-Week, grades 2-7 [NEW]

    This one week half-day program is designed to teach the basic skills and fundamentals of Water Polo in a fun and entertaining atmosphere. Activities include instruction and training in the basic individual fundamentals of water polo as well as position and situational (IE: Offense/Defense) specific training. Additionally studnets participate in fun filled water polo related games.

    Participants are divided into two groups:
    Blue Group: Kids aged 8-10
    Red Group: Kids aged 11-13

    All Participants must be able to swim one pool length (25 yards) front crawl w/ flutter kick, and tread water for 60 seconds.

    Daily Schedule:
    9:00am-9:20am: Drop Off
    9:20am-9:30am: Suit-up/Warm-up
    9:30am-10:30am: Individual Skill training

    Drills focus on: Swimming for water polo, ball handling skills (pass, catch, shoot), Offensive and Defensive positioning, and Position specific training. (Goalie, Defender, Center, Attacker)

    10:30am-11:00am: Snack Break
    11:00am-12:00pm Water Polo Related Games

    Games range from entry level skill games such as 5-Alive and Keep Away, to half-court and full-court scrimmages.

    12:00pm-12:15pm: Pick-up

    Partcipants should attend each session with their own bathing suit and towel. (Girls should wear a one-piece suit.) Goggles are recommended but not required. Campers should bring their own snack. (Please review Crossroads Summer School food policy.)

    Instructor: Larry Zubrin, Crossroads, Aquatics Manager and Aquatics Staff

    Course #: 370
    Section 61: 8/12-8/16/2019 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350
    *There is no extended care available for this week of program.

Swim Teams

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  • Swim Team, All levels, 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: 6/25-7/25/2019 TTh 3:15-5:00 $450 
    Section 28: 6/25-7/11/2019 TTh 3:15-5:00 $200

    School is closed Thursday, July 4.

Visual & Culinary Arts

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  • Adaptable Digital Photography for the Digital Age, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    This beginning photography class utilizes the use of several cameras including mobile devices and tablets.  Students gain an understanding of basic photography skills using the camera that is available to them 24/7: their mobile devices.  In addition to basic digital photography principals, students learn digital photographic retouching and image manipulation.  Editing software such as photoshop and on-device editing programs will be explored along with organization and storage of digital images. Final project culminates in finessing editing and photo alteration to create a cohesive selection for viewing.   

    Crossroads will provide iPads for those students who do not have a camera or a digital device to use in class.

    Instructor: Becca Green, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 746 
    Section 23: 6/25-7/25/2019  TTh  1:00-3:00  $400
    Enrichment

    School is closed Thursday, July 4.
  • Ceramics Sculpture Intensive, One-Week, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    While we use ceramics everyday to drink out of, munch off of, and cook with; this material offers even wider and wilder options as a sculptural material. Learn the basics of slab building to create geometric hollow objects. Discuss the difference of additive and subtractive techniques to approach sculpture from multiple directions. Finally we will consider the role of figurative sculpture in ceramics, and how it differs and converges with larger conversations of historic and contemporary sculpture. Our goal is to finish three pieces using different building techniques. This class is suitable for any student excited by art, and ready to roll up their sleeves and dive into and explore new techniques.

    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty

    Course #794
    Section 11: 6/17-6/21/2019 M-F 9:00-12:00 $400
    Section 12: 6/17-6/21/2019 M-F 12:30-3:30 $400
  • Cooking with The Gourmandise School, grades 6-9

    Crossroads is excited to partner again with the Gourmandise Cooking School. The Gourmandise School offers hands-on cooking classes in Santa Monica, CA for beginners to professionals.
    Whether you like home-style classics or adventurous exotic cuisines, learn to create exciting and bold flavors in the kitchen this summer! We will cover everything from basic knife skills, to fun and fancy restaurant techniques. Great for amateur kitchen dabblers and aspiring master chefs alike, come and explore the kitchen as a place for creative expression and tasty experimentation.
    Each section is limited to 16 students. The menu for the a.m. section and the p.m. section is the same. Students are only permitted to enroll in one section of this class.

    Sample menus include:
    BRUNCH! – Homemade English muffins, poached eggs, pesto, griddle pancakes
    FRESH PASTA – Fresh pasta, house made ricotta, pesto
    DINNER ON THE GRILL – Skirt steak, loaded baked potatoes, chopped salad
    BURGERS! – Homemade burger buns, beef patties, grilled potato wedges
    4th OF JULY PIES! – Perfect pie crust, apple pies, fruit hand pies.
    JAPANESE CHINESE TAKEOUT – Chinese dumplings, pot stickers, dipping sauce
    SUSHI – Perfect sushi rice, California rolls, salmon rolls
    THAI STREET FOOD – Mango sticky rice, chicken satay, Thai cucumber relish
    RICE BOWLS – Rice and sprouted wheat berries, salsa verde, poached eggs, pickled veggies
    SOBA NOODLE BOWLS – Soba noodles, grilled salmon, sautéed snap peas
    JAPANESE NOODLE BOWLS – Teriyaki grilled chicken & asparagus, Sesame cucumber salad
    TACO TRUCK! – Homemade tortillas, carne asada, pico de gallo, crema
    MEDITERRANEAN CLASSICS – Falafel, pita bread, tahini sauce, hummus
    IRON CHEF CHALLENGE – (It’s a surprise)!

    Instructor: Provided by Gourmandise School and Crossroads Staff
     
    Course #: 751
    Section 32: 6/24-7/26/2018 MWF 10:40-12:30 $600
    Section 33: 6/24-7/26/2018 MWF 1:00-3:00 $600
    Enrichment

    School is closed Friday, July 5.

    The shared kitchen space used to teach this class might have contact with ingredients, which contain the most common food allergens. They include, but are not limited to, egg, gluten, fish, sesame seeds, nuts, and soy. If your child has any known allergies or intolerances, please be aware that although efforts to ensure proper food and beverage handling, there is always a risk of cross contamination. Food items used to make meals may have been processed where nuts were present.
  • Digital Filmmaking Workshop, grades 6-12

    The videos that you’ve always thought about making are possible to create! Join us in this class to experience every facet of the digital filmmaking process. Learn how to take your idea from concept, to developing your story, to writing out dialogue for your characters, to shooting and editing your own movie. Understand the process like never before, and have fun doing it! You can shoot with your own film camera or use our DSLR’s or mini camcorders. All levels of filmmakers from beginning to advanced are welcome, as this program is tailor-made to your abilities. 
     
    About the class: 
    Students use CELTX, a web-based screenwriting software as they learn how to tell their individual stories by developing characters and writing their own screenplays. Students also learn to edit and score their films using Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and iMovie editing software.  
     
    In addition, students watch and analyze films that demonstrate dynamic and creative filmmaking. They view award-winning films produced by both the big studios and the independent filmmaker and learn to critique them by having in-depth conversations about character and story. 
     
    Finally, industry professionals from all areas will visit to share their knowledge and experience with the students.  
     
    Components Include: 
     
    Production: concept to shooting, editing, viewing and discussion 
    Screenwriting: creating your story, and writing the script 
    Field trips: visiting major film studios and independent production studios like YouTube Space LA 
    Film Theory and Discussion: discuss your own films and popular clips from movies, television, and the web
     
    Sample Weekly Schedule  
    Monday: 1-2pm film theory. 2-4pm writing. 
    Tuesday: 1-2pm writing. 2-4pm film production.  
    Wed: 1-3pm. film production 3-4pm editing. (Or Field Trip) 
    Thursday: 1-2pm guest speaker 2-4pm editing. 
    Friday: 1-2pm watch weekly student projects. 2-4pm watch and analyze a Feature Film.  
     
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course #: 714 
    Section 05: 6/24-7/26/2019 M-F 1:00-4:00 $1600  
    Section 02: 6/24-7/3/2019 M-F 1:00-4:00 $800 
    Section 03: 7/8-7/26/2019 M-F 1:00-4:00 $1000 
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5. 
  • Visual Effects Through Cinema History, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    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,  Crosroads Faculty

    Course #: 511
    Section 31: 6/24-7/26/2019 MWF 8:30-10:15 $500
    Section 35: 6/24-7/12/2019 MWF 8:30-10:15 $350

    School is closed Friday, July 5.
  • What is Los Angeles-Style Pizza?, grades 6-9 [NEW]

    A Description is Coming Soon!


    Instructor: tba

    Course #: 773
    Section 23: 6/25-7/25/2019 TTh 1:00-3:00  $400
    Section 27: 6/25-7/11/2019 TTh 1:00-3:00  $250
    Enrichment

    School is closed Thursday, July 5.
  • Drawing Intensive, One-Week, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    Drawing is a way of showing and developing visual thinking, and is the most direct means of expression in art. In this 5-day intensive class we will focus on the Western observational tradition of drawing as well as explore approaches from other world cultures, past and present. It is a studio class in which each day we will delve into different methods of drawing and different media. Students will also spend time looking at their own, and each other’s work in a critical, but nurturing manner; with the goal to create a confident vocabulary for evaluating their creations.

    All skill levels are welcome. Come excited to learn, experiment, share, and to see!

    Day 1: Pencil. Line drawing. Portraiture

    Day 2: Charcoal. Tonal work with still-lifes

    Day 3: Ink and white paint- a painterly approach to drawing. Still-life and landscape

    Day 4 :Collage and experimental tools. Discussion of conceptual work, art from non-Western traditions, personal expression.

    Day 5: Final Project: artist’s choice of materials and subject matter. Larger scale work.
    Final Critique

    Instructor: Susan Arena, Crossroads Faculty

    Course #: 793
    Section 11: 6/17-6/21-2019 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350
    Section 12: 6/17-6/21-2019 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350
    Enrichment
  • Experimental Drawing, grades 6-12

    This drawing course focuses on utilizing non-traditional materials and ways of working/seeing that are meant to challenge the student’s perception of what constitutes a “traditional” drawing and its creation.
     
    Instructor: Vincent Ramos, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course #: 745
    Section 22: 6/26-7/25/2019 TTh  10:40-12:30 $400
    Enrichment

    School is closed Thursday, July 4.
  • Handmade and Found: The Art of the Artist Book, grades 6-12

    This new course focuses on creating art utilizing the book as its primary material. We work with sketchbooks, journals, found books and then create original book objects.
     
    Instructor: Vincent Ramos, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #:  742
    Section 21: 6/25–7/25/2019 TTh 8:30-10:15 $400
    Enrichment

    School is closed Thursday, July 4.
  • Line and Color: Foundational Drawing, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    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.


    Instructor: Leonardo Lawrence

    Course #: 748

    Section 32: 6/24-7/26/2019 MWF 10:40am-12:30pm $550
    Enrichment

    School is closed Friday, July 5.
  • 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: Leonardo Lawrence, Crossroads Summer Faculty  
     
    Course #: 744 
    Section 33: 6/24-7/26/2019 MWF 1:00-3:00 $550
    Section 37: 6/24-7/12/2019 MWF 1:00-3:00 $350
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 5.

More GREAT Classes

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Daily Program Schedule

The daily schedule includes snack and lunch breaks. Classes may also take a recess break at the teachers discretion. Check course descriptions for start and end times.   

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

Important Information

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

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

Extended Care
There is no extended care on the 21st Street Campus, however, several classes meet from 1-4 p.m., 1-5 p.m. and 3:15-5 p.m. The Paul Cummins Library is open until 5 p.m. for students.
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.